Every Friday, our Henry Decker bravely sifts through the dredges of America’s right wing to put together “This Week In Crazy.” More often than not, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) shows up, warning about the dangers of spoon violence, or traveling to Egypt with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to congratulate the military government on an excellent coup since it involved ousting Muslims.
Louie Gohmert doesn’t represent the GOP base. He is the GOP base. He’s one bad night of sleep away from threatening to primary himself.
And this Friday, after Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave in to the scheme hatched by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), and the House voted to defund Obamacare in exchange for keeping the government open, guess who was right behind the Speaker?
Gohmert took to the floor that same day to say that he doesn’t often agree with House Republican leadership, but he was proud to stand with them in this effort to defund Obamacare.
If Gohmert’s endorsement doesn’t prove that the plot to convince President Obama to kill his own signature legislative achievement is insane, take a look at what the next step in this plan actually is.
“Rather than try to win (or at least force) a vote on defunding Obamacare, ‘defund’ proponents are now calling for conservative senators to block the very ‘defund Obamacare’ bill that just passed the House,” writes conservative David Freddoso, a vocal opponent of the strategy.
That’s right. The Senate will invariably remove the defunding language from the bill. So the next step of this plot likely involves Cruz and Lee either trying to filibuster the bill they demanded the House pass — or attempting to destroy the careers of their fellow Republican senators by inflaming the GOP base against anyone who would dare vote to fund the government without defunding Obamacare. And if that doesn’t work, Cruz will tell House Republicans to reject their own bill and start fighting over continuing resolutions that keep parts of the government open.
Here’s where you get to the dirty little secret of this plan. The goal isn’t just to shut down the government — it’s to shut down at least parts of the government for weeks or months, for however long and however many foreclosed homes of soldiers and government employees it takes to spark the telekinesis needed to get the president to give up Obamacare.